Because not all classrooms have walls.
Our rural setting within parkland and woodland offers valuable opportunities for every Beechwood pupil to benefit from a wealth of Outdoor Learning opportunities.
From Nursery to Year 4, pupils enjoy regular timetabled Forest School lessons, and throughout the School, teachers regularly take lessons outside – from relaxed reading groups on the lawns, to tracking animal footprints in the woods, and making music in “Treetops”, our Outdoor Classroom. In 2021, our school production of “The Wind in the Willows” was staged almost entirely outside too!
Forest School provides a holistic learning environment and as such, it is impossible to pin down the many and varied benefits down to a specific skill set or curriculum area.
Our Forest School Leader is both a qualified teacher and Forest School practitioner, and runs fun and engaging sessions which provide an opportunity for children to connect with nature. Experiencing life outside the classroom gives children a chance to boost their independence, self-confidence and engagement with learning. We encourage creative and imaginative play, physical activity and risk-taking within a safe environment. Negotiation and team work are key elements of Forest School. Children’s social interactions and respect for one another are always a joy to behold in the Forest School setting with many new relationships forming.
It is impossible to pin the many and varied benefits down to a specific skill set or curriculum area; Forest School provides a holistic learning environment.